Nigeria’s talented forward, Olanrewaju Kayode, has been named the Man of the Match in Shakhtar Donetsk’s recent 1-0 triumph against Mariupol in a Ukrainian League fixture on Friday. The 24-year-old, currently on loan from English champions Manchester City, sealed the victory with a well-taken goal in the 65th minute, showcasing his skill and contributing to his team’s success. This achievement further solidifies Kayode’s growing reputation in the Ukrainian league.
Kayode’s outstanding performance did not go unnoticed, as he received an impressive 52% of the votes cast by Shakhtar Donetsk fans, ultimately surpassing three other players to claim the coveted award. Taison Barcellos Freda secured second place with 28%, while Viktor Kovalenko and Sergey Krystov received 15% and 4% of the votes, respectively.
Since joining Shakhtar Donetsk, Kayode has proven to be a valuable asset, scoring two goals in four league games for the Miners and three goals in five matches across all competitions. His contributions have been instrumental in Shakhtar’s current position at the top of the league table with 69 points, enjoying a comfortable six-point lead over second-placed Dynamo Kiev.
The upcoming clash between Dynamo Kiev and Vorskla presents an opportunity for the latter to narrow the gap to three points should Dynamo Kiev secure a victory. However, Shakhtar Donetsk remains focused on maintaining their lead and securing a domestic double this season. Having recently secured a spot in the final of the Ukrainian Cup, they will face their title rivals, Dynamo Kiev, on May 9 at the Dnipro Arena in what promises to be an enthralling encounter.
Under the guidance of coach Paulo Fonseca, Shakhtar Donetsk has displayed exceptional form this season, impressing both fans and critics alike. With their sights set on securing the league title and the Ukrainian Cup, the team is determined to continue their winning streak and etch their name in Ukrainian football history.
Kayode’s performance in the victory against Mariupol serves as a testament to his growing influence and impact on the team. Shakhtar Donetsk supporters eagerly anticipate his future contributions and hope that he can maintain his impressive form as the season progresses.